Thanksgiving Weddings

I was in Ikea 2 days after Halloween and was mindlessly strolling the aisles(because that’s what you do at Ikea)  when I was snapped out of my daydreaming and into reality because I heard Jingle Bells blaring from the stores speakers. I do love Christmas and all the holiday encompasses, but I feel bad for Thanksgiving. It is like the holiday who recieves the least love.

All this did get me thinking about weddings, families and sparklers . In my opinion, if a couple is looking to get married around a holiday, Thanksgiving would be the ideal holiday. Let me explain why I think this. Many families are already gathering for Thanksgiving celebrations, so why not “kill two birds with one stone” and celebrate a marriage.  Sometimes, family members would love to attend the wedding, but can not afford the travel expenses, however, with them already coming for the holiday, this problem can be avoided.

Most people have a 4 day weekend for Thanksgiving and since the holiday is on Thursday, that still leaves Friday through Sunday for a wedding.  In most families, Thursday is the day when things are happening; food, football, hanging out, etc, with maybe some Black Friday shopping on Friday. Come Friday evening though, people are ready to get out of the house, relax, and kick back with a few drinks (alcohol or not), and a wedding is the perfect excuse to do all that. Since many guests plan on traveling back home on Sunday, this also leaves all Saturday and part of Sunday open to do a wedding.

I personally LOVE fall, the colors, decorations and the weather. Many venues ,especially here in Utah still have vibrant colored  leaves on the ground which makes for a beautiful, inexpensive backdrop for pictures. The popular fall colors of gold, purple, maroon and orange are elegant, readily available and easy to incorporate into virtually any wedding.  There are so many themes and fall decorations that can be utilized in a fall wedding. Pumpkins, corn stalks, hay bales and pinecones and burlap scream fall !! autumn

Let’s talk food for a second. Autumn has the best foods of all the seasons (in my opinion). While doing research for this post, I came across Beth at and she has some really fun, inexpensive ideas for a fall buffet. wedding-buffet-food-and-drink-ideas-for-fall

There are some things to consider before you commit to a fall wedding. You, your family and friends will be stressed because it is the holidays and it is typically busy. Is everyone going to have time to fit one more thing into an already packed schedule? Are you going to have time and energy to plan a wedding amidst holiday activities?

If family is in town for the wedding, keep little ones in mind. Kids who might stay home with one parent while the other attends your special occassion might be present.  Sitters could be harder to find because of the time of year.

Cold weather might force activites that would you typically have or prefer to have outside to the inside. Just as with any other time of year, there is always the change in plans at the last minute due to weather, but fall can be really unpredictable.

Venues book quickly and it might cost more since they know holidays are a popular time. I would recommend visiting venues in January to secure a fall wedding date to ensure availabilty.

No matter the theme, color of decorations of type of food being served, an autumn wedding is sure to make lasting memories for you and your guests.

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